March 27, 2008 - ART COLOGNE - Hidden treasures and discoveries
March 27, 2008

Hidden treasures and discoveries

Hidden treasures and discoveries
16th to 20th April 2008

www.artcologne.de

After a thorough upgrading of exhibitor quality, a select group of 140 galleries will be showcasing works in categories ranging from modernism to contemporary art from 16th to 20th April at ART COLOGNE 2008. The special Open Space segment will offer exhibition space to the projects of about 50 artists. Additional highlights of ART COLOGNE 2008 will include previously unknown and newly discovered works on the art market through the special programmes Hidden Treasures, New Contemporaries and New Talents. ART COLOGNE – Hidden Treasures
In 2008, ART COLOGNE will once again generate momentum and offer practical assistance to collectors who would like to buy promising works of art. Through its annual special show “Hidden Treasures”, ART COLOGNE reminds visitors of artists who have had a major influence on contemporary art and the younger generation of artists, but whose works are hardly to be seen in the current art market or are being sold at prices below their real value. The “Hidden Treasures” of ART COLOGNE 2008 are the works of Norbert Kricke (Galerie Strelow, Düsseldorf/ Galerie Wahlandt, Stuttgart), Ulrike Rosenbach (Galerie March, Stuttgart), Fritz Winter (Galerie Utermann, Dortmund) and Karl Bohrmann (manus presse, Stuttgart).

ART COLOGNE – New Talents
One of the oldest special programmes for sponsoring young artists and innovative new works of art is New Talents. For this year’s ART COLOGNE, a six-member jury chose works by 17 young artists from nine different countries. It was by no means easy for the jurors to make their final selections. Many of the artists whose creations will be on display work in several genres — combining, for instance, sculpture and video art — and use modern techniques. One noticeable trait of this group of artists is their focus on the lives and environments of people on the margins of society and on their own existence as artists. An independent jury will honour the “best of the best” of these new talents with the ART COLOGNE Young Artist Prize. Besides a solo exhibition at the Cologne artothek, the recipient of the prize will also have his or her works published in a catalogue with a total value of approx. 10,000 Euro. The presentation of the ART COLOGNE Prize will take place at 3 p.m. on 18th April 2008. The New Talents of 2008 are: Stefaan Dheedene (Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium), Martin Dörbaum (Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne), Nezaket Ekici (DNA-Galerie, Berlin), Lorenz Estermann (Lukas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna, Austria), FFM filderbahnfreundemöhringen (Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart), Johanna Freise (Galerie Thoman, Innsbruck, Austria), Max Frey (Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria), Grit Hachmeister (Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne), Secundino Hernández (Galería Heinrich Erhardt, Madrid), Joseph Hart (Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris), Anja Jensen (Galerie f 5,6, Munich), Agnieszka Kalinowska (Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria), Valerie Krause (Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne), Sebastian Rug (Galerie Hübner, Frankfurt), Gregor Russ (Ruzicska /// Weiss, Düsseldorf), Mikhael Subotzky (Studio La Cittá, Verona, Italy) and Yuzheng Cheng (Thomas Levy Galerie, Hamburg).

ART COLOGNE – New Contemporaries
The New Contemporaries programme is aimed at new galleries that have not yet fully established themselves in the art scene but have great potential. The jury invited 19 such galleries to exhibit at ART COLOGNE 2008 in sponsored booths with the generous support of the cultural foundation SK Stiftung Kultur of Sparkasse KölnBonn. The following galleries are the New Contemporaries for 2008: Artfinder, Bracke, Charkasi, Coma, Ferdinand-Ude, Garnatz, Hoelzner, Lange & Pult, Lethert, Lorenz, M29, Murata & Friends, Oechsner, Pfab, Program. Reimann Le Bègue, Sara Tecchia, Scharmann and Winter.

ART COLOGNE – Open Space
“Open Space” is the public exhibition area at ART COLOGNE. Instead of the traditional presentation of artworks in booths representing individual galleries, this ambitious project showcases a variety of artistic exhibits and media from selected galleries in an open, spacious overall setting. It invites visitors to attend an unconventional and contemporary presentation where they can stroll, chat and (of course) buy works that strike their fancy. This special show will be held directly next to the stands of the leading international galleries for contemporary art. The aim of the project is to present art in an unconventional, discursive setting that meets the changing needs of a well-informed, networked international public and offers them space to develop. It’s an art market that provides a platform for communication as well as commerce and competition.

ART COLOGNE
Date: 16th to 20th April 2008
Opening times: 12 noon to 8 p.m. daily
Vernissage: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 15th April 2008
Website:
www.artcologne.de
Open Space: www.openspace-cologne.com

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